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Bills release linebacker Tony Steward

The Buffalo Bills are getting extremely thin at inside linebacker.

On Tuesday, they released Tony Steward, whom they made a sixth-round draft pick from Clemson last year. The team made the move official shortly after Steward revealed it via Twitter.

Extremely grateful to the Bills organization for the opportunity they gave me. Looking forward to the next chapter.

Steward's departure leaves the Bills with only three inside linebackers: returning starter Preston Brown, projected starter and recent free-agent signee Zach Brown, who coach Rex Ryan said is the other starter as of now. The third is Kevin Reddick.

Steward appeared in nine games as a rookie. He was credited with one tackle and an assist.

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